Department of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology at the University of Pittsburgh
Juan Ardura, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Avenida Reyes Catolicos 2, Research Tower, Bone and Mineral Metabolism Laboratory
Madrid, Spain

Phone: 0034 915504894

BS and MS (Biology and Biomedicine), Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, 2003
PhD (Biochemistry, Biomedicine and Molecular Biology), Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain, 2008
Postdoctoral Fellow (Bone and Mineral Metabolism), Jimenez Diaz Foundation, Madrid, Spain, 2008
Postdoctoral Associate (Pharmacology & Chemical Biology), School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Research Areas
Signal Transduction
Receptor Pharmacology
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Dr. Ardura┬┤s research is focused on the study of parathyroid-hormone-related protein (PTHrP), parathyroid hormone (PTH), and the PTH/PTHrP receptor signaling in the kidney and bone.


The goal of these studies is to elucidate the different actions of these peptides in renal and bone tissues under physiological and pathogical conditions such as osteopenia, osteoporosis and renal fibrosis. Techniques applied include cell culture, rat and mouse animal models, optical approaches (confocal microscopy, FRET, FRAP and TIRF) as well as Immunohistochemistry, Western Blot and Real Time-PCR.


Dr. Ardura is currently focusing on the effects of oxidative stress and aging on PTH receptor signaling in bone and osteoblastic cells.

Important Publications
Ardura JA and PA Friedman.  Regulation of G protein-coupled receptor function by NA+/H+ exchange regulatory factors.  Pharmacol Rev 63:882-900, 2011.
Ardura JA, B Wang, SC Watkins, JP Vilardaga and PA Friedman.  Dynamic Na+ H+ exchanger regulatory factor-1 association and dissociation regulate parathyroid hormone receptor trafficking at membrane microdomains.  J Biol Chem 286:35020-35029, 2011.
Feinstein TN, VL Wehbi, JA Ardura, DS Wheeler, S Ferrandon, TJ Gardella and JP Vilardaga.  Retromer terminates the generation of cAMP by internalized PTH receptors.  Nat Chem Biol 7:278-284, 2011.
Ardura JA, V Alonso, B Wang, WB Sneddon and PA Friedman.  A naturally occurring isoform inhibits parathyroid hormone receptor trafficking and signaling.  J Bone Miner Res 26:143-155, 2011.
Wang B, JA Ardura, G Romero, Y Yang, RA Hall and PA Friedman.  Na/H exchanger regulatory factors control parathyroid hormone receptor signaling by facilitating differential activation of G(alpha) protein subunits.  J Biol Chem 285:26976-26986, 2010.

Ardura JA, S Rayego-Mateos, D Ramila, M Ruiz-Ortega and P Esbrit.  Parathyroid hormone-related protein promotes epithelial-mesenchymal transition.  J Am Soc Nephrol 21:237--248, 2010.

Ardura JA, R Berruguete, D Ramila, MV Alvarez-Arroyo and P Esbrit.  Parathyroid hormone-related protein interacts with vascular endothelial growth factor to promote fibrogenesis in the obstructed mouse kidney.  Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 295:F415-F425, 2008.

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